My days have truly been full since my last post. I've been picking blackberries by the bucketful only to find the bushes full again just a few days later. I have 4lbs waiting to ferment into wine plus two small tubs in the freezer for puddings. The next lot I pick will be for bramble and apple jelly. We only have one jar left and my son is beginning to panic :) This has been a truly wonderful year for fruits which makes up for last years paltry offering. I even have a decent amount of sloes, which of course will become sloe gin. The Haw berries are good again, so I hope that I'll finally get around to making some haw jelly, so long as I can find the original recipe that spurred me into starting a blog nearly two years ago. I wonder if this new one will last two years, or more!
The Exhibition is well under way and the party was a great success. I've been complimented on the layout, but haven't done very well with selling my work. Ah well, I can't have it all ways.
I also decided, for some unknown reason, that this was going to be the week that I started riding Merlin! Suffice to say I'm quite battered and bruised. Before you go thinking that I need my head seeing to, I have to point out that most of my injuries have been because Merlin is quite little and therefore, there isn't a lot of him to balance on! He wriggled and squirmed so much yesterday, when I first lay across him, that I crunched a few ribs just trying to stay in place. It was like bouncing on a boney power ball. I did however sit astride him for a few moments before getting off and giving him a hug and a treat. Today was a bit different and a couple of bucks had me quickly on the floor! He's not a malicious pony, but he knows what he will and won't put up with. My only conclussion is that I'm too old for this malarky!
And then, along came this book. A wonderful little charity shop find for £1.25. It's a gem and I'm loving it. It's a little like desperate housewives in the 50's. Not an action packed story, but it's got me gripped. My taste does cover a huge variety of books, and I suppose that's a bonus of buying from charity shops, as I'll try something that might not normally appeal to me.
I hope you are all having a good week so far, I'll be back soon with some harvest pictures and my adventures with a sewing machine!